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Last year, the National Labor Relations Board (“Board”) put its stamp of approval on “micro-units,” or small groups of employees who may unionize.  The Board recently decided two cases involving micro-units in Macy’s and Bergdorf Goodman, which should make employers ask themselves, “Does my business model make it easier for a union to organize my […]

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When employers hear the news that their employee is pregnant, many do not know what to do.  Fortunately, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s (“EEOC”) just-released guidance explains exactly what employers should do.  It details how the EEOC will be enforcing the law with regard to the sixdifferent federal statutes controlling this issue: Title VII of […]

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Summertime brings many issues into the workplace that may have been dormant all winter.  Are you prepared to respond? 1.  Summer Clothes: Can you decide what is right or wrong for your employees to wear (even if you do not require a specific uniform)?  The answer is Yes, but if you want this kind of […]

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An employee who was replaced by an outside consultant while on medical leave and later discharged recently won nearly $103,000 plus 100% liquidated damages, attorney’s fees and prejudgment interest for violations of the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (“FMLA”).  This is a costly reminder that employers must take care when dealing with employees who […]

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Religious dress and grooming practices became news late last year when popular clothing store Hollister (an Abercrombie & Fitch brand) fired a Muslim employee for wearing a hijab, an Islamic religious headscarf.  Initially, the employee was asked to wear headscarves in Hollister colors which she did.  After several months, a district manager was in the […]

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